close of play



  • noun the prearranged time at which a day’s play finishes. To signal close of play, the umpire calls ‘Time’ and removes the bails. The exact time varies widely according to local rules and conditions, but two generally applicable points of law should be noted, viz. that a new over can be started provided that ‘the umpire, after walking at his normal pace, has arrived at his position behind the stumps at the bowler’s end before the time agreed for the next interval, or for the close of play’, and secondly that ‘the over in progress at the close of play on the final day shall be completed’, even if a wicket falls in the course of it (Law 16 §§4, 10).